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Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -
What factors result in a jump being downgraded and reduced in its base value?
     The exact GOE deduction a judge takes depends on the degree of the violation and if the negative quality that occurred can be offset by positive factors in the take off and rotation in the air.

     A devaluation of the jump's base value is associated with the skater's inability to complete the required rotation in the air. This determination is made by the Technical Panel.

     An under rotation of a jump consisting of a half revolution or more, will cause the jump to be lowered in its base value and requires a negative Grade of Execution by judges. 

     Under rotation between a 1/4 and 1/2 does not require the basic value to be reduced, but judges may take a deduction in GOE, but it need not necessarily be a negative GOE.

     Under rotation of a quarter (1/4) turn or less does not require a reduction in GOE, 

     Flip and Lutz jumps are called by the intent of the skater as determined by the Technical Specialists. The degree of the incorrect edge take-off or landing results in a negative Grade of Execution by judges, but no downgrade in the base value occurs. The exact deduction taken on the GOE by the judges depends on the degree of the violation and if other negative/positive factors occurred during the four phases of the jump.

Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.



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